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  • Subatomic microscopy key to building new classes of materials
    Wed, 08/31/2016 - 09:16
    Researchers at Penn State and the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are pushing the limits of electron microscopy into the tens of picometer scale, a fraction of the size of a hydrogen atom.
  • Device to control 'color' of electrons in graphene path to future electronics
    Mon, 08/29/2016 - 14:35
    A device made of bilayer graphene, an atomically thin hexagonal arrangement of carbon atoms, provides experimental proof of the ability to control the momentum of electrons and offers a path to electronics that could require less energy and give off less heat than standard silicon-based transistors. It is one step forward in a new field of physics called valleytronics.
  • Graphene key to two-dimensional semiconductor with extraordinary properties
    Mon, 08/29/2016 - 11:52
    A newly discovered method for making two-dimensional materials could lead to new and extraordinary properties, particularly in a class of materials called nitrides, say the Penn State materials scientists who discovered the process. This first-ever growth of two-dimensional gallium nitride using graphene encapsulation could lead to applications in deep ultraviolet lasers, next-generation electronics and sensors.
  • Engineers receive $1.2M to examine conjugated polymers for flexible electronics
    Mon, 08/29/2016 - 11:17
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.2M in funding to three Penn State chemical engineering researchers for a proposal which aims to identify the key polymeric properties of conjugated polymers used to develop flexible electronics.
  • Division of Undergraduate Studies to hold College Fair on Aug. 31
    Fri, 08/26/2016 - 14:10
    All undergraduate students are invited to attend the annual College Fair, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 31 on the HUB lawn. The event will provide new students with information on majors and academic advising.
  • 'Ideal' energy storage material for electric vehicles developed
    Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:36
    The energy-storage goal of a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for electric and hybrid vehicle use has been achieved by a team of Penn State materials scientists. The key is a unique three-dimensional sandwich-like structure that protects the dense electric field in the polymer/ceramic composite from dielectric breakdown.
  • EMS professors, couple to research Colombian shale through Fulbright awards
    Mon, 08/22/2016 - 10:00
    What are the odds that two Penn State professors married to each other are able to both receive Fulbright awards for consecutive semesters in the same country? For Luis Ayala and Zuleima Karpyn, luck seemed to be on their side. Ayala, William A. Fustos Family Professor in Energy and Mineral Engineering, and Karpyn, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, both received the Fulbright-Colciencias Innovation and Technology Award from the Fulbright Program to conduct research in Colombia for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.
  • Former New Kensington student’s ‘fracking’ research competing in Dubai
    Wed, 08/17/2016 - 10:28
    Michael Cavazza took on Penn State in March. Then he took on North America in April. Now he takes on the world in September. Cavazza, a former student at Penn State New Kensington, will compete in a student research paper competition against 14 international regional winners at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • EMS Upward Bound Math and Science team wins more than just first place
    Tue, 08/16/2016 - 08:55
    Six weeks of hard work paid off for Miguel Santana and Cintia Vasquez, two high school students who participated in the Upward Bound Math and Science Summer Residential Program through the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS). They were awarded first place at the program’s awards ceremony, held July 2, at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus. But the students achieved much more than just an award, like learning how to conduct research in a lab and deliver a presentation to their peers.
  • Researchers use IT to unlock the mysteries of human evolution
    Mon, 08/15/2016 - 10:36
    Researchers at Penn State's Center for Quantitative Imaging are using microCT scanning technology to learn more about how and why modern humans evolved.
  • Researchers create information technology tool for pest management
    Mon, 08/15/2016 - 10:24
    Researchers from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the Center for Environmental Informatics are collaborating on a tool to assist farmers and researchers in monitoring and gathering pest data.
  • Penn State welcomes first four Botstiber Foundation scholars from Africa
    Mon, 08/15/2016 - 08:54
    New scholarship program between the Botstiber Foundation and Penn State brings in four freshmen this fall.
  • College marshal starts career before graduation with help from online degree
    Mon, 08/08/2016 - 14:35
    Choosing to finish a degree through Penn State World Campus was easy for Tip Stama, but he still faced hurdles during his educational journey. In August, after taking a hiatus from his studies, Stama will graduate with a 4.0 grade-point average and a B.A. in energy and sustainability policy (ESP), an online College of Earth and Mineral Sciences program. He will represent his graduating class as college marshal and is the second ESP graduate selected for this honor. Unlike most students who start working full-time after graduating, Stama began his career as an environmental compliance specialist in May.
  • St. Paul Island mammoths most accurately dated 'prehistoric' extinction ever
    Mon, 08/01/2016 - 15:00
    While the Minoan culture on Crete was just beginning, woolly mammoths were disappearing from St. Paul Island, Alaska, according to an international team of scientists who have dated this extinction to 5,600 years ago.
  • Global climate models do not easily downscale for regional predictions
    Mon, 08/01/2016 - 09:57
    One size does not always fit all, especially when it comes to global climate models, according to Penn State climate researchers.
  • Ultrasensitive sensor using N-doped graphene
    Fri, 07/22/2016 - 14:00
    A highly sensitive chemical sensor based on Raman spectroscopy and using nitrogen-doped graphene as a substrate was developed by an international team of researchers working at Penn State. In this case, doping refers to introducing nitrogen atoms into the carbon structure of graphene. This technique can detect trace amounts of molecules in a solution at very low concentrations, some 10,000 times more diluted than can be seen by the naked eye.
  • Penn State Society of Petroleum Engineers named 2016 Outstanding Student Chapter
    Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:07
    Penn State’s Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) was recently named a 2016 Outstanding Student Chapter by the national SPE organization. The chapter will be recognized during a luncheon at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in September.
  • Dutton Institute director dedicated to enriching lives of others
    Thu, 07/21/2016 - 08:43
    Author, administrative leader, university senator and even student — these are just a few of the numerous roles Ann Taylor has held over the more than 20 years she has spent in the Penn State community, and they’ve all played a role in helping her achieve her career goals.
  • Quink recognized with 2016 Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence
    Tue, 07/19/2016 - 10:24
    Tyson J. Quink, a Penn State student, was selected to receive the 2016 Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence. He was honored on June 28 during the 2016 Esri User Conference held in San Diego, California.
  • Cleared for takeoff: University use of unmanned air vehicles resumes
    Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:58
    Unmanned air vehicles are flying again at Penn State for research, teaching and public service under the auspices of the Office for Research Protections. A new UAV program will ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration rules and puts in place an insurance, registration and procedural infrastructure to govern the outdoor operation of unmanned air systems at the University.

VOICES of Our College:  Earth and Mineral Sciences
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences celebrates its rich heritage and tradition of excellence through sharing the spoken words of the people who have influenced our history. The compelling accounts of their experiences, hopes, and visions for our future demonstrate the power of stories to engage us and spur us to actively participate in shaping the next generation of our graduates. Be inspired and entertained as you listen to the stories of both past and present people of EMS! You'll find audio files and view photographs of current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Discover how the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has built a community dedicated to teaching, research, and service, to industry and society.  <<Listen to the VOICES of EMS>>


Penn State Faculty:  The Experience of Online Teaching
The World Campus has produced a great video that features Penn State faculty (Sarma Pisupati, Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering) discussing their experience of online teaching.  These faculty stories illustrate the variety of course types, instructional design models and levels of faculty engagement in World Campus courses. <<VIEW VIDEO>>


Penn State:  Inspiring Researchers
In research, small breakthroughs can make big impacts . . . impacts that can save lives.  Jim Adair and his team at Penn State are transforming the way we treat and detect cancer . . . <<VIEW VIDEO>>